Re: Patch Trading - Is There A Policy? Adults/Scouts?
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.CC.BUFFALO.EDU)
Tue, 18 Jul 1995 16:23:50 EDT
The real problem is some patch traders that do not follow the scout
law or the scout oath! A 16 year scout can be just as bad as a 40
year old, when it comes to patch 'rip offs'. One of the main problems
is that the 'patch' by itself have no value, other than the cost to
make it. Younger scouts often would rahter have a 13 color 6 inch
jacket patch, than and OLD canvas 4 color jambo patch from 1953.
Who sets the 'values'? If I trade 5 colorfull CSP's to a scout
for a 53 jambo patch, did I rip him off? Someone may think so!
Someone can try to say that 53 jambo patch is worth $100, and the
CSP's maybe $20. But try to sell a 53 jambo patch some day when
you need money! You will be lucky to get $20!
So to get to some point. BSA has stayed on the edge of patch trading
and tried to avoid part or some of the problems by creating silly
rules, like scouts and trade with adults. (means scouts can not
trust adults right?) In other countries, and at most WORLD Jambos
patch trading is monitored and regulated by the International Badgers.
So far, BSA has not elected to recognise ANY patch trading groups.
Is BSA were to sanction such a group, we could have much better control
over patch trading, and the famous patch police! Groups in the US
such as ASTA, have a code of ethics, a published membership list,
a news letter, and some members publish auction sheets, price guides
and general collectors guides. Knowledge and information will prevent
the rip offs, not silly and impractical rules.
still scouting since '57 - traded my first patch as a cub at 57 jambo!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City